Coaches from the teams said that with growth in the city and the recent addition of new teams, there are more opportunities than ever for young players to find places on local squads. After a series of jamborees in August and September, the teams will begin their seasons the weekends of Aug. 17 and Sept. 14.
Ravens Youth Football
Ravens youth football begins its season Aug. 11 at the Munchie Games, a jamboree at Salida Middle School.
Area teams — including the fifth-year Ravens program — representing the Trans-Valley Youth Football League’s four divisions will participate in the preseason scrimmages in preparation for the upcoming season, which begins Aug. 17.
“Our goals are to keep the children involved in team activities, learn to become, not only better students, but better people, and learn that goals are easier to accomplish when working together,” said Ravens Secretary Eileen Guevarra. “Our coaches are always continuing their education to make practices, games and the overall atmosphere a safer, more positive place for the kids.”
The Munchie Games — named after Ryan “Munchie” Taylor, the youngest certified coach in the history of the TVYFL, who died in a 2004 motorcycle accident at age 18 — allows coaches and players time to make last-minute adjustments to the opening week’s game plans.
All divisions will be represented for tackle football, including junior novice (ages 6 through 8), novice (9 and 10), JV (11 and 12) and varsity (12 through 14).
The Ravens open their regular-season at home on Aug. 17 against the Salida Steelers at Patterson Community Stadium.
For information: www.ravensyouthfootball.org
Palm City Reapers
This will be the second season for the Palm City Reapers after the team went for several years as the Patterson Redskins. Vice President Shemeka Bond said the name change was intended to reaffirm the team’s ties to the community.
“‘Palm City’ signifies the beautiful palm trees around town, while ‘Reapers’ signifies farmers’ reaping harvest, not to be confused with the grim reaper,” Bond said. “Our goals for our athletes are for them to excel in the classroom and give back to the community.”
Four divisions will be represented for United Youth Football League tackle football, including starters (ages 8 and under), rookies (10 and under), junior varsity (12 and under) and varsity (14 and under).
After opening with a four-division jamboree Sept. 7 at El Capitan High School in Merced, the Reapers’ regular season kicks off on the road Sept. 14 against the Merced Gauchos.
For information: Palm City Reapers, 1-855-732-7377
Central Valley Bengals
Central Valley Bengals youth football begins its second season in the United Youth Football League.
When the team started in 2012, Head of Player Operations Norman Robinson had only a handful of athletes out for the first week of practice, but the desire for another youth football program in town became obvious once the season started, and she was able to field teams at all four levels.
“The vision of the Bengals is to become a renowned and respected team built around honesty, communication and the development of personnel,” Robinson said. “Emphasis is placed on fundamental development, career development, community involvement and the education of everyone involved with the team.”
The Bengals will also start the season with a jamboree Sept. 7 at El Capitan High School in Merced, representing the UYFL’s four divisions — starters (ages 8 and under), rookies (10 and under), junior varsity (12 and under) and varsity (14 and under).
The team begins its regular season Sept. 14 as it hosts the Hayward Earthquake at Patterson Community Stadium.
For information: Norma Robinson, (510) 472-5789 or www.cvbengals.com
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